Bad weather heading your way? Have you given a thought to protecting your hot tub or spa cover?
Your hot tub can easily withstand strong rain storms, but your hot tub cover is may not. Let’s look at different weather situations and what you should do to protect your spa cover from the elements.
How To Protect Your Hot Tub During Rain and Winter Storms
Rain storms are the most common source of damage to hot tub covers. The high winds, rain, and possibly hail can really do a number on you cover if you don’t follow these steps.
1. Remove furniture and plants
Remove all patio furniture, plants, and anything else that could be picked up by the wind and blown into the spa cover.
2. Cut back bushes and trees
If you have bushes or trees with long limbs around your hot tub, consider cutting them back to reduce the chance that they could break and fall on your cover.
3. Ensure the hot tub cover is installed correctly
High winds have been known to rip hot tub covers off of their spas entirely. Make sure that it’s installed and closed down on top of the hot tub. Consider adding locks if you don’t have any to make sure that it the cover stays down.
4. Add hot tub cover straps
If you are still worried about the wind, try adding cover straps to your spa cover to prevent it from blowing away. These add just a little more protection from the wind and can mean the difference from your spa cover remaining on your hot tub or becoming its own self flying kite.
5. Invest in a hot tub cover cap (optional)
Cover caps fit over the top of your hot tub cover. They’re effective at protecting your hot tub cover from damage due to winds, or even snow and ice.
If you’re looking to buy one for your hot tub cover, I highly recommend going with a Spa Slip cover.
6. Remove any water, snow and/or ice from the cover immediately
If you get snow, make snow removal a part of your routine. In addition to sidewalks, brush away any excess snow on your spa cover. This will get rid of the extra weight on your cover so it lasts longer.
Limit Hot Tub Sun Damage
Even the sun can cause damage to your cover. Here’s a few options to reduce the damage that the sun can inflict on your hot tub and cover.
1. Install a gazebo or unbrella
First, you can always build a gazebo or install a spa umbrella to provide some cover and shade for your hot tub. These solutions often look the best and provide good protection, but they can be costly.
2. Try a protectant
If you like having your hot tub out in the sun so you can enjoy the clear blue skies during the day or the star filled horizons at night, you will put your hot tub cover at greater risk. Try using a protectant on the cover in order to extend the life of your cover as it gets sun daily.
3. Use a cover cap.
Like the snow and ice, a cover cap is very effective at shielding your cover from the damaging UV rays of the sun. This is probably one of the most affordable options available.
Is Your Hot Tub Cover Ready To Face The Elements?
The goal is to protect your hot tub cover from damage. The longer your spa cover stays in working order, the longer it can protect your hot tub and help you maintain control over your heating bills, especially during those cold, winter months.
Storms are a part of life, but that doesn’t mean you have to sit back and watch them destroy anything you have worked hard to get. Following these steps will help you protect your cover from all types of weather so you can enjoy your spa for many years to come.
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